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Post by Dan @ 08:41am 01/07/08 | 21 Comments
Harmonix, EA and MTV have now officially announced Rock Band 2, dated for release in only a few months time this September for North America on the Xbox 360. Given how neglected Australia has been on the first game (the one that was released in November 2007 in North America) we'd advise not to hold your breath too long for this one.

Nevertheless, here's the points of note from the press release:
  • Backwards compatibility with Rock Band downloadable music content. All previously purchased tracks will immediately load into your Rock Band 2 song list. No need to re-purchase or re-download.
  • The biggest and most diverse soundtrack ever featuring some of rocks most prolific acts, comprised entirely of master recordings.
  • Major new and dynamic online modes that will connect the entire Rock Band community in more ways than ever before both locally and globally.
  • More variety of instrument choices than ever before with new and improved drum and guitar peripherals, enhanced functionality and innovative new designs - all fully compatible with the original Rock Band instruments.
Interestingly, the Xbox 360 version will enjoy a short period of exclusivity, with other platforms to follow 'later in the year'. Perhaps another jab in our ribs, as like the original Rock Band, it will most likely be region locked to prevent importing - unlike the region free PlayStation 3 version.

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Posted 08:58am 01/7/08
Rock Band 1 Australia announced yet ? ... lawls
Reverend Evil
Posted 09:17am 01/7/08
Anyone know a place in the UK that will ship the original Rock Band to here. Most places I've found wont sell it out of Europe which is extremely ghey.
Posted 09:18am 01/7/08
It should also be noted that sprayNwipe, who used to be a regular around here when he was working back in Australia, is the Lead Designer on Rock Band 2 (PROPS).
Posted 09:37am 01/7/08
Posted 09:50am 01/7/08
Interview with spraynwipe about Rock Band 2.
Posted 09:52am 01/7/08
And since the other thread was locked, I would just like to reaffirm the need for some Electric Six in Rock Band 2. Make it so!
Posted 09:52am 01/7/08
Newer article here Haklin

It's a pretty good guide but doesnt seem to say anything about the microphones. Can you just use any standard USB mic? Both X360 and PS3 vers?

Also, if you read this Spray, I have one simple request. Get some real metal in the game.

Metallica and Iron Maiden are appreciated, but c'mon get something with a bit more balls, if only for the karaoke fun. There's not one karaoke game on the market that has songs with growling/screaming vocals.

Sure it's not the most accessible music but even people that don't particularly like it would probably have fun trying to sing along to something like Cannibal Corpse, The Haunted, Lamb of God or something more mellow like Opeth, In Flames or Machine Head. (Lamb of God and In Flames were in Guitar Hero, but no vocals obv).

Even if it's just via downloadable content, bring it on.
Posted 09:53am 01/7/08
Have you tried Burn? They have it listed on their web site.
Reverend Evil
Posted 10:11am 01/7/08
I prolly should have said it's gotta be a PAL version.
Posted 10:20am 01/7/08
X360 Only the game disc needs to be PAL, you can still order the instruments from the US.
Posted 10:24am 01/7/08
Reverend Evil - have you tried or I got friend in UK to post to me but give those sites a try...
Posted 10:25am 01/7/08
Rev: people are importing rock band all the time, on 360, so it must be PAL. i'll try and get a website for you.

Dan: yeah, the MS headsets will suffice as your in game MIC (360 atleast)
Posted 10:25am 01/7/08
i heard down the internet tubes that AC/DC will is confirmed(?) to be included in rock band 2.

thunderstruck, dirty deeds...
Posted 12:44pm 01/7/08
I honestly hope AC/DC and anyone else worthwhile don't sign up with Rockband.

At least the Guitar Hero francise seems capable of releasing their products here in a reasonable time line...

ps. The rockband drum kit (pedal) seems to break alot.

But seriously the sequel will be out before Rock Band 1 is on sale here.
Posted 01:26pm 01/7/08
I hope they sign exclusively with Rock Band, the tears of Guitar Hero fans sustain me.

I think I'll take the few hundred dollars Guitar Hero 4 will cost, and spend it on these for Rock Band.
Posted 01:33pm 01/7/08
Right up until Rockband only release NTSC-U
Posted 11:39pm 01/7/08
Doesn't really bother me if they did, I think I'm going to buy a lot of my games from the US from now on, I'm just sick of the way we get shafted over here, on release dates and on price. Something is seriously, seriously wrong when you can buy Rock Band from the US, with all the instruments, and get it posted to Australia, for less than the cost of buying it in stores (when it eventually comes out here that is). I mean, the box is freaking MASSIVE, it was $110 just for postage, and it STILL worked out cheaper.
Posted 12:04pm 02/7/08
Screengrab from a US TV Spot that reveals some potential tracks.

Ok Chop Suey is a start, cmon you can do heavier Harmonix, I know there's some metal fans working there.
Posted 12:21pm 02/7/08
Hell yeah, Everlong ftw.

Not all of that is necessarily Rock Band 2 stuff though, cos "More than a Feeling" and "All the Small Things" are DLC tracks that are already released. Still muchly awesome though.
Posted 01:39pm 02/7/08
Yer, those two have a different symbol next to them, whereas the rest have a 2, probs indicating Rock Band 2 tracks for backwards compat purposes. Of course it's just an early screen sneak and possibly not indicative of the final product.
Posted 02:15pm 02/7/08
Ah, so they do
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